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A plate of smoked chicken thighs coated in spice rub and barbecue sauce.

Smoked Chicken Thighs

These smoked chicken thighs are coated in a homemade spice rub then cooked in a smoker to tender and flavorful perfection. Serve these chicken thighs your favorite barbecue sauce for your next outdoor gathering!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 378kcal
Author Sara Welch



  • Preheat an electric smoker to 250 degrees F. Add apple wood chips to the smoker.
  • Coat the chicken thighs with the rub, making sure to get the spices both on top of and underneath the skin.
  • Place the chicken in the smoker. Cook for 2 1/2 - 3 hours or until a thermometer registers 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the thighs. Be sure to check the smoker occasionally to see if the wood chips need to be refilled.
  • Brush the barbecue sauce over the chicken, then cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve immediately.


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 374mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.2mg